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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday February 07 2018, @07:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the removing-the-messenger dept.

Telegram iOS app removed from App Store last week due to child pornography

The encrypted messaging app Telegram was mysteriously removed from Apple's App Store last week for a number of hours. At the time, little was known about the reason why, except that it had to do with "inappropriate content." According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple removed Telegram after the app was found serving up child pornography to users.

A verified email from Phil Schiller details that Apple was alerted to child pornography in the Telegram app, immediately verified the existence of the content, and removed the app from its online stores. Apple then notified Telegram and the authorities, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Telegram apps were only allowed to be restored to the App Store after Telegram removed the inappropriate content and reportedly banned the users who posted it.

[...] Since Telegram is a messaging app with end-to-end encryption, it's unlikely that the content in question originated from direct messages between users. It's possible that the child pornography came from a Telegram plugin, but neither Apple nor Telegram has revealed the source of the inappropriate content.

Telegram is an instant messaging service with at least 100 million monthly active users.

Also at The Verge and Apple Insider.

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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:48AM

    by legont (4179) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:48AM (#634661)

    In a nutshell, besides regular chats, Telegram has groups and channels. Groups are private and its protection is up to the members. Telegram does not and if security is set can not censor them.

    Channels on the other hand can be read by anybody and telegram can and will remove content if it is objectionable. They do it using volunteer labor.

    Details can be found here https://telegram.org/faq#groups-supergroups-and-channels [telegram.org]

    People use channels for all kinds of commercial activities. Specialized bots are very popular.

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